Philadelphia Phillies' fans across the globe can rejoice and be happy during this time of year. Yes, the club missed out on the ultimate goal of winning the World Series in 2011, but if it is any consolation, the days of not winning the World Series and then watching other clubs gobble up all of the winter's top free agents and making the biggest trades are over.
The Phillies, with general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. at the helm, have become big game hunters. They're in the business of luring the game's top players to the City of Brotherly Love and partner, business is booming.
In the last few off-seasons alone, the Phillies have brought two aces to the city (one by waiving his no-trade clause and the other, by negotiating a contract in secrecy,) inked a closer to the most lucrative reliever's contract of all-time, and convinced a Gold Glove second baseman to move to the hot-corner, and that is just to name a few.
This wasn't always the case.
For a franchise with more than 10,000 losses, the Phillies have certainly endured their darkest hours. They weren't always able to pull off the big trade or sign the big name free agent. So as we play witness to their better days in the present, let's look back to the past to see how far they've come, and where today's deals rank among the greatest off-season moves of all-time.
Finally, just a reminder before we begin. Any move made during the off-season (trade, signings, etc.) is fair game for this list!